Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D

By | July 3, 2017
Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D Author David Kushner
ISBN-10 1568585594
ISBN-13 9781568585598
Year 2017-05-09
Pages 144
Language English
Publisher Nation Books
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Rise of the Dungeon Master tells in graphic form the story of Gary Gygax co creator of Dungeons Dragons one of the most influential games ever made Like the game itself the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view taking on the roles of the different characters in the story Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva WI in the 1950s An imaginative misfit he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels military history and strategic games like chess In the mid 1970s he co created the wildly popular Dungeons Dragons game Starting out in the basement of his home he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand Gygax was a purist in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible A creative mind with no real knowledge of business he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game s co creator his close friend and partner David Arneson By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry so much so that a mom s group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game escaping into imaginary worlds Before long D D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games With D D Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture

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